Title: Common Ground
Summary: Will tells Sonny
Disclaimer: I own nothing.
Word Count: 563
A/N: This is a short series I can’t help but write. I wrote these in my head last week and there was nothing to do at work yesterday so I exploded a little bit. These are the result: Quick little fics or ficlets as it were, about how Will could end up telling family and friends that he’s gay. This is Story 2 of 3.
Sonny was tired.
It was a good tired – the kind that comes from knowing you’ve done a hard days work – but just the same… tired.
He pushed the broom under the table.
Sure he had other employees who could close up and cover some of his long hours, but Common Grounds was still brand new. Before handing off responsibility to others, he wanted to make certain everything was running smoothly.
There was a knock at the door. Sonny looked up ready to turn away whoever it was. Instead he smiled, when he saw the blonde hair of his best friend reflecting the street light outside. He unlocked the door and let him in.
“Maybe I should’ve mentioned that that coffee for life card only applies during regular business hours,” Sonny teased with a smile.
“Excuse me? I didn’t see that written anywhere on the card,” Will replied.
“It’s there. Small print.”
“Yeah. You might need a microscope to read it but it’s still there.”
“Oh. My bad then.”
“Don’t worry about it,” Sonny laughed.
Will rubbed his hands together and took a big breath. “Actually, Sonny. As wonderful as your coffee is, that’s not why I’m here at 11:30 at night.”
“Is everything alright?”
Will placed his hands on the back of one of the plush chairs. He took another breath before turning to face Sonny. “Actually, yeah. Everything’s going good.”
Will nodded absently to himself. Sonny waited a few more moments.
“So…” he finally prompted.
“Right. Um. Well, I’m here… I came to tell you… Uh… Well I guess you already sort of know anyway, but… I wanted to say that… um…”
A few more silent moments passed. Sonny raised his eyebrows expectantly.
Will let out a breath.
“I’m gay. I am gay.”
Sonny blinked. Then he smiled.
“Yeah, I guess I kind of did already know that.”
Both men laughed.
“Thank you for telling me though.”
“No, Sonny. Thank you. I mean, you’ve been so great through all of this. I must have been driving you crazy, but you stuck with me. You listened. You encouraged me, but you didn’t push. You let me find my own way, which is exactly what I needed. And that… Well, I appreciate it. So thank you.”
“Well, you’re welcome, for what it’s worth. But that’s what friends are for, Will. You shouldn’t sound so surprised.”
“I guess I’m just used to my family. You know, when the going gets tough people take off.”
Sonny chuckled. “If we’re gonna compare families…”
Will laughed. “Yeah, okay.”
“So, who else have you told? Your folks?”
“Uh, no. Just my Grandma Marlena.”
It was now Sonny’s turn to look surprised. “I’m second person you told?”
“Of course! Sonny, without you and my grandma, I’d be spiralling out of control right now. I owe you so much.”
Sonny ducked his head and there was a comfortable silence between the two.
“Well, you know Will,” Sonny began again. He tilted his head suggestively and took a step towards his friend. “There is one way you could pay me back…”
Will smiled awkwardly. “Really?” He didn’t know where Sonny was going with this. Sonny had a strange look on his face. “How?”
A shaft of hard wood slapped against Will’s abdomen.
“Start sweeping,” Sonny grinned, letting go of the broom handle.
Will laughed and began sweeping under the table.